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Kiwi trust of NZ politicans plummets

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/04/2016
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Public trust in New Zealand's politician has plummeted over the past three years with Kiwis particularly concerned by funding of political parties.

The level of trust in members of parliament has fallen by 54 per cent since 2013, with less than one in 10 New Zealanders saying they have complete or lots of trust in elected officials.

Ministers in John Key's government didn't fare much better, with just under half of the 1000 people surveyed in the Victoria University study responding they've lost trust in them.

"Our report suggests that there may be a crisis of distrust in the country," director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Michael Macaulay said.

"Our trust in politicians, particularly around party funding, are viewed with great scepticism."

The mainstream media, along with online commentators, local government and large corporations also recorded significant falls in public confidence.

Women, Maori, Pacific Islanders and NZ Europeans, along with those earning less than $70,000 per annum are the groups who view the government with the greatest scepticism.

On the other end of the spectrum, medical practitioners, police and schools are viewed as the most trustworthy institutions in New Zealand while Kiwis also have faith in their neighbours.


1. Medical practitioners - 56 per cent (up 11 per cent from 2013)

2. Police - 53 per cent (up 9 per cent)

3. Schools and colleges - 36 per cent (up 2 per cent)

4. Judges and courts - 34 per cent (down 16 per cent)

5. Universities - 33 per cent (up 4 per cent)

6. Small businesses - 31 per cent (up 16 per cent)

7. Charities - 28 per cent (down 13 per cent)

8. Churches - 23 per cent (down 17 per cent)

9. Local government - 12 per cent (down 37 per cent)

10. Corporations and large businesses - 11 per cent (down 37 per cent)

11. Government ministers - 10 per cent (down 49 per cent)

12. TV and print media - 8 per cent (down 40 per cent)

13. Members of parliament - 8 per cent (down 54 per cent)

14. Bloggers and online commentators - 5 per cent (down 43 per cent)

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